It's been a little while since I wrote a fanpost or contributed to other fanposts, so I thought I would check in with yet another of my personal opinions.
For the past few seasons, the wide receiver position was not given as much regard, due to the emphasis of the team being placed on the running back position for the purpose of scoring drives. Of course, that's just my opinion, and I could very well be misguided. However, I don't think it's misguided to believe that since Michael Crabtree's arrival and extremely diligent performance despite missing roughly half of the regular season, all of preseason and training camp, there has been a revived focus on the wide receiver position; and more specifically on the wide receiver position opposite of Michael Crabtree, who I believe has assumed the duties of the legendary Jerry Rice.
Alright, so Michael Crabtree is definitely a worthy number one receiver and seems to be a promising go-to man in terms of running the route and making the big plays. So who exactly should play in the number two role?
I believe that if the 49ers do not sign another big-play receiver like Brandon Marshall or look to Terrell Owens (I know many of you scorn at the idea) for the short-term, they should very well consider reassigning Vernon Davis to play wide receiver opposite Michael Crabtree. I say this because regardless of his physical strength (what a beast, no?), he runs routes and simply plays just like a wide receiver, and has already been, arguably, one of the two go-to receivers in the 49ers' passing game. So really, why not reassign him to wide receiver and draft more of a Brent Jones like tight-end who is more of a true blocker?
Regardless of the praise Vernon Davis gets from Singletary and perhaps some experts for his blocking ability, I think he simply outshines himself as a receiver, and possesses the speed and apparently the attributes of a wide receiver -- sure hands (most of the time) and breakaway speed. He also seems to possess the same physical stature to be a really effective "power" receiver at the same time, much like Terrell Owens was during his tenture with the 49ers.
So again, I think if we can't get a true number two, we should consider getting a true blocker and short-pass receiver to play tight-end and recast Vernon Davis as wide receiver.
Does anyone agree? Why or why not?